Questions of Consistency, A Prose Poem

We are in a restaurant, unknown to each other, at adjacent tables, when I take my companion’s hand and bow my head, ask a blessing and give thanks for our meal, speaking low so that only we two can hear. If I were to turn partway through, while you thought my eyes were closed, would I catch you roll your eyes, or perhaps snicker a little, as you brush aside my aside my actions as naive, or quaint, or antiquated? Would you post something about me later, dismissing the fruitless actions of the unknown guy at lunch? What if I chose to participate in the feeding of the poor by being present each time the plate was passed; would you think it foolish to trust a church to do good with my funds? What if I told you in casual conversation that I believed salvation had been granted on a cross, that a covenant had been entered and that any who wished were free to take part? Would you sneer, or argue, or just leave, deeming me dimwitted and unworthy of conversation; would you judge me for my actions and my single, simple belief, all the while claiming none other should be judged for theirs? Would you insist I keep my ideas to myself and out of public view, all the while fighting for all others right of free expression and acceptance.

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4 responses to “Questions of Consistency, A Prose Poem

  1. What a a superb piece of prose – and philosophy – I couldn’t help thinking if only it was as simple as saying ‘hello’ ..

  2. Shawna

    The last line says it all.

  3. Reading this through a couple of times I came to the conclusion it doesn’t matter what they think. You should live your life in a way that hopefully does no harm, help others when you can and leave no scar on the Earth when you leave.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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